Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Found Footage Films

Included in this book are 64 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent found footage films.

Found footage is a film subgenre in which all or a substantial part of the work is presented as if it were discovered film or video recordings.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

Mummy Reborn

A group of teens rob an antique store and discover a cursed tomb containing a mummy’s corpse.

 

United Kingdom
2019
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Mummy Film
Object: 
Jewel
Wizards: 
Possessor
3.04
It's a wrap!
6
2
4
3.04
1
3
1
Ambiance
Editing
Plot
With a title like Mummy Reborn, you’d expect this to be some kind of sequel. It’s not. It’s nothing like the Mummy movies of Universal either. No connection whatsoever. The scope is much smaller. Initially, it sure takes itself seriously for a film about a revenant wrapped in linen. Doesn’t last! There is more to Mummy Reborn than the age-old monster stereotype, but then there’s some déjà vu.
The film is rough around the edges, but mummy movies are a rarity, for some reason, and I’ll take what I get. For a micro-budget film, Mummy Reborn goes places you wouldn’t think of. The villains have no gravitas, often filmed in broad daylight; on the other hand, the main protagonists have strong personality traits that make the slower moments engaging despite pacing issues.
The first half is dialogue-heavy, but at least the writers care about exposition. Some characters will bite the dust; it’s just a question of who. Making this a partial slasher was the way to go, but you won’t see the third act coming. This screenplay depicts a mummy and a possessed chick killing people off Jason Voorhees-style, then turns into something right out of a video game.
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